Look Your Best For Your Business Headshots

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Professional makeup artist Mary Erickson
Makeup Artist Mary Erickson

Headshots preparation is the first step to ensuring the best possible results from your headshot session. We want to ensure that you look your very best for your headshot session. To that end, we consulted with professional Makeup Artist Mary Erickson. Since Mary is a 30-year veteran in the world of commercial print and advertising, she has a lot of experience in this field. Mary lists her recommended tips below. (The photographer’s comments are added in italics.)


Headshots Preparation

  • Bring shirts with a collar as well as different necklines.
  • Women should bring at least 6 different tops to choose from. Men should bring several (3-4) different shirts, clean and ironed.
  • No sleeveless shirts for headshots.
  • No solid white (unless you’re covering it with a jacket or sports coat). If you’re very light-skinned you may want to avoid solid black.
  • Solid colors are ideal; stay away from busy patterns and busy prints.
  • Bring a lint brush or lint roller, since fuzz will show on dark colors.
  • Make sure your clothes are pressed and clean. Very few photographers have irons or extra time. Photo retouching on soiled or wrinkled clothes will usually cost extra. Bring your wardrobe to the shoot on hangers if possible.
  • Stay away from clothes with big buttons or ornaments that shine and compete for attention.
  • If you wear earrings they should be small. Keep jewelry at a minimum, because anything flashy will distract from you.
  • Men should be clean-shaven, and a recent haircut is recommended.

Shooting professionally since 1991, William Morton has specialized in commercial and corporate photography for the last 12 years. Currently based in North Idaho and San Diego, Morton Visuals offers professional business headshots in the convenience of your own offices. Whether your headshots are for your social media presence or your professional resume, present your very best image to your prospective clients or employers. We hope this article will help you prepare for your headshots.

If you have any questions, please feel free to comment below.

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(Updated 7/2021)

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